The Reagans joined the world of the 21st century by getting set up for HD via Directv. I have been waiting for a deal from Directv before embarking, as I didn't want to drop $200 on a new HD setup and another $300 on a new HD DVR. As it turns out, we ended up getting the HD dish and receiver for free (part of being loyal NFL Sunday Ticket customers) and they dropped the lease price on the HD DVR to $200.
We pay an addition $12/month HD - $8 for the HD channels and $4 for the DVR service. Not bad.
The channel selection is pretty weak right now. We get two HDNet channels, ESPN and ESPN2, Discovery Channel, TNT, and two other apparently irrelevant channels as I can't remember them right now. But the good news is we will get NFL Sunday Ticket in HD, so we can see the Lions get their asses whupped in fine grained detail. Cool.
The HD DVR is a pretty good device. Most people complain that it's not as good as Tivo, but I never had TiVo so apparently I literally don't know what I am missing. It's better than Windows Media Center, in that the searches for programs is better and I have better control over managing my shows. I can choose to keep a set number of shows, for example, and delete the older ones.
As part of installation they replaced our old dish with one that processes HD and has two lines coming out of it. They both run to our HD HVR so we can record two shows at once or we can watch one show while we record another. Way cool.
The DVR can store 100 hours of programming, and I assume that means 100 hours of HD although I should probably look that up.
So far (only 1 month) I'm happy. I'll post again once the NFL season comes and I see how many games are actually on HD.